Geoffrey Rush made a surprise cameo in the latest production of ‘Singin’ In The Rain’ from The Production Company in Melbourne last night.
The Academy Award winning actor had a small role on film in the show explaining the all-new “talking picture” technology that was about to sweep the movie goers of 1927 of their feet.
Rush was uncredited in the production. “I wanted it to be like Ken Russell’s ‘The Boyfriend,” he told Noise11 after the show. “I wanted to be like the Glenda Jackson scene in the Ken Russell movie, you know the scene where she walks on with her leg in plaster, walks across the screen and that’s it. She was uncredited and I told them (The Production Company) that I wanted my part to be like that.”
The Production Company’s Artistic Director Ken Mackenzie-Forbes said that when Geoffrey approached them only a few weeks ago and offered his services for the role it was an offer too good to refuse.
Rush will soon return to his role as Captain Hector Barbossa in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5’. Coincidentally, the next production for The Production Company is also about Pirates. ‘The Pirates Of Penzance’ will be held from October 30-November 3 at Hamer Hall, Melbourne.
‘Singing In The Rain’ stars Rohan Browne, Alinta Chizey, Matt Lee, Christie Whelan-Browne, Robyn Arthur, Robert Grubb, Cristina D’Agostino and Lisa Sontag. The Director is Gary Young (The Mousetrap, Cry Me A River). Musical Director is John Foreman (Bert Newton, Carols By Candlelight and Production Company shows ‘The Boy From Oz’, ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’, ‘Hello Dolly’, ‘Sweet Charity’.
‘Singin’ In The Rain’ is on until August 25 at the State Theatre in Melbourne.